With the ever increasing demand to have more room, more auto manufacturers are producing sport utility vehicles, commonly referred to as SUVs, with room for seven passengers. These typically have captain’s seats in the front, as well as the second row and a bench in the third row. Most of these SUVs are in the luxury category, so people can expect to pay a higher price, but the amenities are well worth it.
The Cadillac Escalade is the top of the line, when it comes to an American, 7 seat SUV, which seat up to seven passengers. This is essentially a Chevrolet Tahoe or GMC Yukon, only it is polished up with all of the bells and whistles. The Cadillac name is enough to sell a lot of people on the vehicle, as they are one of the original, luxury auto manufacturers. This vehicle was redesigned in 2008, the same year that the new Tahoe and Yukon were released. The biggest changes were a little extra curve around the grille area and an engine upgrade. The new Escalade has a 6.2 liter engine, producing upwards up 400 horsepower, plenty to haul seven passengers. The Tahoe is also available in a hybrid package, for those who want a little better gas mileage. Overall, this is a very nice vehicle; however, the gas mileage is mediocre at just 12 in the city and 18 on the highway.
Another option for a 7 seat suv would be the Chevrolet Tahoe or GMC Yukon. These are essentially the same vehicle, with a few minor differences, such as the style of wheels. This is not to say that one has nicer wheels than the other, but rather, they have to make something look a little different to sell the same vehicle under two, different names. This would be an excellent way for people to have something a small step below the Escalade, but also being able to save $10,000 or more. People can even buy a more basic model, which would come with cloth seats for an even greater savings.
For those who want the best of the best, and do not demand an American made vehicle might consider the Range Rover Land Rover. This is a vehicle that was made popular in several movies. This model was actually designed for off road use in its early years; however, they realized that people were more interested in the luxury style vehicles. Range Rover claims this vehicle will still handle off road terrain; however, not too many people want to take an $80,000 vehicle through the woods. The Land Rover features a 5.0 liter V8, and people can also add a supercharger. The base V8 has 375 horsepower, while the supercharged model produces a whopping, 501 horsepower. All of this horsepower comes at a price, as this SUV also only gets 12 miles per gallon in the city and 18 on the highway.
These would all be excellent choices for luxurious, seven seater SUVs. The Escalade and Range Rover are the most comparable for the price; however, the Tahoe and Yukon are a close second and will save some cash. These vehicle all get the same fuel economy, so buyers will not have to worry about that when making the decision. The ultimate difference between these is whether people prefer a domestic or foreign vehicle.